The treatment philosophy at Alpine Academy is founded upon the principles of the Teaching-Family Model and enhanced by innovative clinical services. Every aspect of the program, from facilities to recreation, is carefully designed to create an intensive yet nurturing therapeutic experience.
Intensive therapeutic services are incorporated in every part of Alpine Academy. These services begin the day that a student is admitted. Through thoughtful, individualized application of the Teaching-Family Model coupled with intensive clinical work, our students are able to make significant changes, both in their outward behavior patterns and more importantly, in their inner thought patterns and processes.
An individualized treatment plan is developed for each student, based on their specific needs, strengths, and personal goals. This trauma-informed, results-driven, strength-based approach to therapy helps to accelerate the rate of growth and learning.
Family work is the bridge between Alpine Academy and home. This is the most important work that a student or their family will do while at Alpine. Research shows that the key predictor of success for a student after leaving Alpine Academy is their parents’ willingness and ability to make personal, parenting, and family system changes. The treatment team’s primary job is to support your family through this change process. One of the many ways in which we do this is through family therapy.
Family therapy sessions occur weekly with the primary therapist. These sessions typically happen via the phone or video conference, and occasionally happen in person, when families come out for visits. The purpose of family therapy is to help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy sessions also help to foster deeper family connections.
Both individual and family therapy sessions are built into a student’s school schedule. This allows for a student to fully participate in therapy while not missing any academic work. This system also creates consistency and predictability for the parents, so they may arrange their schedule accordingly and participate in each session.
Group therapy is a very powerful therapeutic tool for adolescents. In group sessions, the therapist uses the group process as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group. Adolescents are especially vulnerable to this area of work due to their need for peer acceptance. At Alpine Academy, each student will participate in 2-4 group therapy sessions each week. All group therapy sessions are conducted by a Master’s-level therapist.
Each student will participate in 2-4 group therapy sessions each week. The two primary groups that each student receives are:
Folder For Life Group: This group is based on our unique therapeutic curriculum called the Folder for Life. The students are able to explore the concepts found within the Folder for Life. They will present their individual work to the group in order to solicit feedback from their peer group and work through specific issues as they find the parallels in the principles that they are learning and their lives.
Exploring Relationships Group: This powerful psychodynamic group is used to explore the significance of relationships as well as the vulnerability that comes from being in relationships. The group is attended by all of the students in the specific treatment home. During the group, the students will be given the opportunity to learn how to give and receive feedback from each other. The group encourages students who are at different stages in their treatment process to assist one another in gaining insights and making life-long changes. It’s a great way to focus on how healthy peer relationships are formed with trust and honesty.
Many different specialty groups are offered throughout the year. These groups are typically 12 week courses and based on the needs of currently-enrolled students. These specialty groups may include the following:
Alpine Academy offers individual and group sessions in equine-assisted psychotherapy, utilizing an Eagala and EAP-certified recreation specialist or another horse person and your child’s primary therapist as facilitators. The frequency of this intervention technique is determined by the primary therapist. These sessions drive insight toward change in a non-threatening environment. The students learn more about themselves, their family dynamics, and the world around them by working with the horses. The feedback the student receives from their experience with the horses creates a powerful medium for drawing conclusions from situations in their everyday life.